By N3 Sports
Fremont 2-0, 3-3
Three losses. A squeaker to undefeated Montague, a puzzling defeat at the hands of Spring Lake and a blowout loss to a Ludington team that would also be undefeated if not for scheduling Reeths Puffer and Ms. Basketball candidate Lauren Ross.
We didn’t see the other 2 wins but we caught the come from behind win over Big Rapids and this is a team that will likely be in the hunt for the Gold title. They are true battlers who possess a never say die attitude on the court. Vandenberg is an absolute force and efforts to stop her open it up for Miller, Shriver, and Jamieson. Bennett has shown to be a clutch performer who kept her team close enough to pull off the win against the previously unbeaten Cardinals and other role players make up a solid squad
They return to the court next Friday when they begin a 3 game homestand by facing the defending champs of Central Montcalm. Should be a good one.
Grant 2-0, 2-4
The Tigers fell a point short in their opener against White Cloud then were handled easily by two quality teams in Kent City and Cedar Springs.
Since then they edged the Hornets dropped a heartbreaker to Sparta and outlasted Reed City to remain undefeated in league play and without a win out of conference.
Teams know that stopping Throop is a must and the strategy worked early on but when Rider, Doornbos, Arends and Longcore are hitting the strategy weakens considerably.
They visit Manistee during the break and should collect non league win number one before hitting the road for 3 conference matchups beginning with a struggling Chip Hills team.
Newaygo 3-2, 1-1
The Lions will be garnishing their share of wins this season particularly if the offense can consistently put up the points they are capable of. The Long sisters can score in bunches and Goodin has developed a strong game on both ends of the court while Frisbie and Mathis display an intensity on defense that creates problems for opposing teams. Other players in the mix provide the Lions with one of their deepest teams in years.
A 10 point loss to a good Cedar Springs team and a down to the wire defeat at the hands of a relentless CM squad constitute the stats on the right column of the record but the Lions will be making some serious noise this season.
They need to be road warriors as the team heads to Kenowa Hills Monday before returning to league play at BR Friday and the schedule has them at home just once in their next 7 games.
Big Rapids 1-1, 5-1
The loss to Fremont notwithstanding this is a team that will be among the 5 possible teams battling for a title. Their only loss saw a double digit lead evaporate against an unwilling-to-lose Packer squad.
Central Montcalm 1-1, 4-1
The defending champs lost a lot to graduation but they are coming on strong and while they might not have the scoring power of last season they still play a rugged defense. Onlyb the Lions have put more than 40 on the board against them.
Tri County 1-1, 2-2
Two wins over teams that are struggling and two losses against teams who are not. The coming week should provide a pair of games to help give the offense the traction they will need as they face a brutal seven game run after those two matchups..
Chip Hills, 0-2, 2-4
They have two wins but adding to those could be tough for awhile. They haven’t been in contention the past 3 games against quality opponents.
Reed City 0-2, 0-5
Better than the record indicates perhaps but not likely to be a factor in the conference race.
White Cloud 1-1, 3-3
We caught the Cloud against the cream of the conference when Kent City came to town. The Eagles are one of the best teams in the area with a prolific scoring ability and the WC squad of scrappers held them to nearly 30 points less than the 70+ points they have averaged against other teams.
Strait, Bowman and Watson are gamers who can score and no opposing player wants to match up with Scarlavai who seems to have a never ending supply of energy and a keen sense for the ball.
While KC and Morley look to rule the Silver do not count the Cloud out yet. They are still adjusting to life without Hannah Brown and those three losses came against teams who are 13-4 thus far
Hesperia 1-1, 1-4
Bayle, Castillo and Romero can certainly score while Tinkham has become tougher on the glass with each passing game. The Panthers will likely still be looking up at the Eagles, ‘Hawks and likely WC but there is some weaponry on hand in Hesperia and they open with a trio of winnable games on the schedule as they enter the new year.
Holton 0-2, 1-4
We haven’t watched the RDs play yet but a season opening overtime win gave them one more than all of last year and a matchup with a winless Wyoming Lee on Tuesday gives them an opportunity to grab number 2.
Still it is a rebuilding year for the program under a new coach and while the Devils should add to their victory total as the season progresses the W’s look to be hard to come by-particularly in the conference.
Kent City 2-0, 6-0
A really, really good team with sharpshooters, rebounding, good defense and of course Bowers who is the proverbial straw that stirs the drink.
And she, as well as Harrison, Geers and others, each have another year or two before they depart.
Morley Stanwood 2-0, 6-0
Can the Mohawks overcome the dominance of Kent City in the Silver?
Well, they are 6-0 to start the season but none of the teams they have beaten have a winning mark and the combined record of those teams is 6-24.
We’ll likely know more after a rare Saturday game next week when they pay a visit to the Eagle Aerie
Lakeview 0-2, 0-6
Averaging under 20 points a game which does not translate into many wins.